May 04, 2020 7:03 PM

Chadron State adds strong recruiting class to softball roster

Posted May 04, 2020 7:03 PM

By: Kaleb Center, CSC Sports Information Director

CHADRON, Neb. -- May 4, 2020 -- Chadron State College Head Softball Coach Kaley Ness gave three names on Monday of the softball players who would be reporting in the fall, comprising the incoming class of 2020.

One is pitcher Caitlin Lotspeich, a sophomore transfer from Feather River Community College in California. As a freshman in 2019, she was named Second Team all-conference, with a 3.18 earned runs average, a record of 9-6, and 73 strikeouts. Lotspeich was a four-time all-conference honoree and 2017 all-state honorable mention athlete in high school at Mazama High in Klamath, Oregon. She will join CSC as a sophomore, as California community college student-athletes are not being charged with a season of participation for the spring 2020 sport season.

Next is Jessie Henchenski, an infielder from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she played third base. She is another four-time all-conference player who led both her high school and competitive teams in batting average and on-base percentage. Last fall, Henchenski hit .417 with an OBP of .481 for Poudre High, raking in a team-high 23 runs batted in. 

Finally, Samantha Conradie is the latest addition to the roster. She is a 2019 all-state participant from Legacy High in Broomfield, Colorado, where she helped her team to a regional tournament title and a trip to state. Conradie, a three-time all-conference selection with a .397 career batting average and only 15 strikeouts in 257 at-bats, figures in as a catcher or utility player at CSC.

In addition to the three, senior outfielder Ellie Owens confirmed she will return for an additional season, while two other players' decisions are pending.

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Nebraska Shrine Bowl rescheduled for July 11

The 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Football game, which was originally scheduled to be played June 6, has been rescheduled. The game will be played Saturday, July 11 2020,  2 pm CT,  at the University of Nebraska -Kearney.  The Shrine Bowl Executive Board released the following statement on their website on Wednesday.

"The Nebraska Shrine Bowl Executive Board (NSBEB) together with the City of Kearney and University of Nebraska – Kearney agreed upon the new date for the 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl. The Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game will be played Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium in Kearney.  The leadership of the key stakeholders came together via teleconference, joined by NSB Executive Director Dave MacDonald and agreed on the new schedule.This decision was taken based on the three main considerations and in line with the principles established by the NSBEB on March 23, 2020 and re-confirmed at its meeting April 28, 2020:

  1. To protect the health of the student-athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus. 
  2. To safeguard the collective interests of the student-athletes, their parents, and coaches. 
  3. The statewide Nebraska sports and academic calendar.

These new dates provide health authorities and all involved in the coordination of the annual game the maximum time to deal with the evolving landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a call on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, based on information provided by the CDC and the State of Nebraska at the time, NSB Executive Director Dave MacDonald and the NSBEB Members concluded that the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl would be played no later than July 31, 2020. NSB Executive Director Dave MacDonald stressed the full commitment of the NSB to a successful 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Game.

Following yesterday’s decision, MacDonald said, “I want to thank the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Executive Board for their unanimous support, the City of Kearney and the University of Nebraska – Kearney for their great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days. With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the City of Kearney, the University of Nebraska – Kearney, and all our stakeholders, we can commandeer this unique challenge.”

Larry Jess, NSBEB President, commented, “It is wonderful news that we could commit to a new date so quickly for the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. The new date provides certainty for the student-athletes, reassurance for the stakeholders and something to look forward to for the State of Nebraska.” 

The Shrine Bowl of Nebraska is the state’s most prestigious high school all-star sports event.  The 501(c)(3) non-profit produces annual events and related activities to raise funds and awareness to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a healthcare system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.To make a tax-deductible donation to the Shrine Bowl of Nebraska, please visit NEShrineBowl.org/Give.

Sam Clarkson and Sabastian Harsh of Scottsbluff and Cooper Heusman of Chadron have been selected to play in the game.